Thursday 5 January 2012

A brain like a sieve…

Time does slip away doesn’t it???   Between my brother and his partner visiting and staying the week, and my sister in law and nephew too, I’d forgotten to tell you all about the gifts I received from Illene in Fee’s Advent Swap!!!  Honestly, my mind is just like a sieve lately….does anyone else have that problem??????

Well, here are my lovely gifts…..

a beautiful Christmas tree wall hanger….don’t know if you can see but there are gorgeous little gemstones hanging within each opening, 144 (Medium)

….some handmade Christmas cards ready for next year (don’t know if I can give them away though!!!),

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…some very pretty fabric and matching thread…. (mmmm….thinking about what I can make!!),146 (Medium)

a handmade crocheted doily……(just love it Illene!),

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….something I never have enough of…. handcream!  In fact, I used some this afternoon whilst machine quilting….great to put on before the cotton gloves,

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…the most beautiful Christmas angel, cross-stitched with multitudes of red and green beads…….just gorgeous,

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….a very handy notepad made just for me!!150 (Medium)

…and a colour wheel….something that’s been on my shopping list for a long time but one of those things you always tell yourself you’ll get “next time”!

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They are all so precious and I’m so thankful to have had Illene as my partner this year  last year!!!  Illene is such a lovely lady….she even sent me a very special give that I will treasure forever….

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…and I was so excited, I didn’t even iron it before I took a photo of it!!!  This is a pattern, designed by Fee for Illene, called Lorraine’s Flowers.  It is just so special…there are not words to describe…..but THANK YOU Illene  and  Fee!!!


Now, life is starting to get back to normal and hopefully that means the ol’ brainbox will sort itself out too!!!

I’ve been writing myself some lists of what I want to achieve….things like, blog more regularly, de-clutter everything around the house (not asking for much am I???) and finish at least one UFO a month.  Seeing as Dawn and I had goals of finishing heaps of our outstanding ufo’s last year and neither of us really did do very well, we decided we’d keep going with our challenge this year.  If you’re in the same boat, you can see what some bloggers managed to achieve here and then come join us for a year full of finishes!!!

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We’ve decided that 2012 is going to be the year we will….


yeah, I know, a little corny, but they’re the only words I could come up with that rhymed with 2012…..!

And with that thought in mind, I’m working on finishing a project I started in 2o10.  I’m at the machine quilting stage so I can give you a little peek at where I’m up to…

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Which reminds me….I must get back to it.  My list tells me I want to have this UFO finished by the weekend!!!!   I love New Year’s Resolutions (for a while anyway!).

Sugary hugs

xo Wendy :O)


Fee said...

Yep my brain gets like that on a regular basis - LOL !! Love the table runner of Illene's - She's an expert at them now. I have one of her little angels too and it is gorgeous. Glad you had fun in the swap.

Hugs - Fee X

retdairyqueen said...

Yeah Well My brain doesnt work too good either
I took a photo of my beautiful placemats and it was blurry so I havent taken another one as yet SO Slack Will get to it I promise They are on my table Only special people in my life get one of my table runners
Fee was so lovely to name it for Lorraine

rubyslipperz1052 said...

You got some VERY wonderful gifts!! It was fun to scroll thru the pictures. =)

As for "sieve-brains"...I feel this way all the time...its just that sometimes the wholes are bigger, like during the holidays...but, there are ALWAYS holes. =P

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Marilyn said...

Yep. Sieve brain here too, as you know !!
Lovely swap gifts.
Love your new look too.

Diane-crewe said...

I am always making lists ...loosing the lists ... making more!! AH! so it goes. Hope you get your project finished by the weekend x You had some wonderful presents , well done x

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Bought myself a whiteboard ages ago, thought it would be better than the lists I make (and lose). Well now I forget to use the board- in fact the last swap I noted on it was in 2010. DUH..................... ;)

Joy said...

Oh I know what you mean about having a brain like a sieve!!! But there is a positive side ... last week I received a parcel in the mail, it was some really pretty fabric that I forgot I'd ordered - now that little surprise put a smile on my face lol.
Beautiful gifties too by the way - and your quilting is lovely!!!!
Big hugs,
Joy ;o)

Vickie said...

lovely gifts from Illene there Wendy, that tree is stunning-oh and arn't those angels gorgeous I too have one of Illenes angels..Oh I hear you on the finishing of UFO' hoping to achieve that goal myself this year,cheers Vickie